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Monday, June 15, 2009

Review - Love Comes Blindly by Phyllis Campbell

Title: Love Comes Blindly

Author: Phyllis Campbell

Publisher: Champagne Books

Love Comes Blindly - Coming July 2009

Rating: You Want to Read

Reviewed by: MarthaE

Lord Gregory Fielding has been wounded when he travels to Scotland to find the next big story for his London newspaper. Now blinded, he relies on the soft, comforting touch of one of the nurses at St. Mary’s Abbey. He thinks she’s a novice, but that doesn’t stop him from wanting to make her sigh in passion.
Madeline O’Neil cannot believe her misfortune. The man she had almost married three years ago is back in her life. Gregg doesn’t know who she is and she doesn’t dare tell him. Not until she makes him like the new Madeline. But as each day passes and her heart grows fonder, she fears he’ll hate her for certain once his eyesight returns. Especially when he discovers the secret she’s been keeping from him for three years…

This is a sensual story of finding forgiveness…that leads to finding love.
Maddie was a very spoiled 16 year old when she manipulated Gregg with seduction, trying to make her brother-in-law jealous and hurt her sister. In the process she hurt her own reputation, lost the love she might have had with Gregg and was ousted by her family. For the past three years she has lived in a convent and changed to become a giving, caring and helping young woman.

Gregg had been delighted by young Maddie’s innocence and passion until he learned she had used him. Since then he has avoided close relationships with women, preferring to develop a reputation as a rake. But he has never been able to really forget Maddie. He is injured and blinded and finds himself being cared for by a lovely, caring young woman he knows as “Sister Mary” whose voice and touch he begins to crave. Their friendship grows in caring and passion until Gregg regains his sight and realizes who his nurse is. Then he will have to decide if he can forgive her and if she has really changed.

I liked the characters and the plotline and for the most part the writing flowed well, with the exception of some little bits that seemed repetitive. What didn’t fit for me were the sexual encounters as it didn’t make sense to me since I thought Maddie should have had more restraint considering her history and her precarious position at the Abbey. And Gregg couldn’t be too much of a gentleman (okay I guess he really was a rake) to give in to lust with a young woman who may be a religious novice and is certainly in the protection of the church. However, I was pleased that they triumphed after a few more misunderstandings and some dangers. It is very heartwarming when Maddie returns to face her family. Overall, I would say the forgiveness theme of the story redeems the flaws.

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